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Tennessee Transforms (1945 to Present)

Presented by Tennessee State Museum at Tennessee State Museum, Nashville TN

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Tennessee Transforms (1945 to Present)

After World War II, Tennesseans increasingly benefitted from new innovations in areas like business, technology, and education, ushering in an era of prosperity by the 1950s. Still, the Cold War, along with increasing social unrest, served as an uncomfortable backdrop. Featured artifacts and images document the struggle of Tennesseans to make sense of the changes brought about by these ironies. Exhibits highlight the impacts of post-war innovations on Tennesseans, the struggle of African-Americans to share in the new prosperity, the development of Tennessee’s music industries and their importance in shaping how outsiders view Tennessee, and how today’s Tennessee has emerged as a reflection of these dynamics. Through artifacts such as astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore’s flight uniform, photos of Tennesseans involved in the modern Civil Rights Movement, and William Franklin “Frank” Lyell’s posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Korean War, you will come away with an understanding of how Tennesseans navigated these times as a unique people who helped shape a national culture.

The 360 Interactive Theater features a cross-section of people, places, and events that have occurred across Tennessee from World War II to the present. On an interactive map, visitors will be able to learn about music artists like Kitty Wells and Big Star; events such as the Humboldt Strawberry Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest held during the Memphis in May celebration; and people like UT “Lady Vols” coach Pat Summitt and Senator Howard Baker, an instrumental figure in the Watergate hearings. The theater includes more than 100 topics to examine on a touch table as well as three large wall screens that will feature related images. The visitor will not only experience the state’s rich cultural backdrop, but will also walk away with an understanding of how people, places, and events have connected with each other across Tennessee.

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ADMISSION INFO

FREE Admission

The Tennessee State Museum is free and open to the public. 

Contact: (615) 741-2692

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INDIVIDUAL DATES & TIMES*

  • Dec 7, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Dec 8, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Dec 9, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Dec 10, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Dec 13, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Dec 14, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Dec 15, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Dec 16, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Dec 17, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Dec 20, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Dec 21, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Dec 22, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Dec 23, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Dec 24, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Dec 27, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Dec 28, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Dec 29, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Dec 30, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Dec 31, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Jan 3, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Jan 4, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Jan 5, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Jan 6, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Jan 7, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Jan 10, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Jan 11, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Jan 12, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Jan 13, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Jan 14, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Jan 17, 2023 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)

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Closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.

LOCATION

Tennessee State Museum

1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37208

PARKING INFO

Free parking is available in the parking lot which is located between the Museum and the Nashville Farmers’ Market. There is also free two-hour parking available along 6th and 7th Avenues. Because there are a limited number of these spots used by both Museum and Farmers' Market visitors, it is highly recommended that on the weekends, visitors seek alternate modes of transportation to visit the Museum. State of Tennessee parking lots are available Monday through Friday, after 5:30pm, or on weekends unless otherwise stated or reserved. Terms and conditions of use may vary according to the requested lot.

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